Read: Philippians 4:4-13
Contentment is rare in a world in which people are searching for more money, more power, more luxuries, more status. But God has a different perspective: “Better is a little with the fear of the Lord, than great treasure with trouble” (Prov. 15:16). It is the viewpoint shared by Apostle Paul in Philippians 4. Paul said, “Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content” (Phil. 4:11).
A. W. Pink notes that once you know God, you have more than the world could ever offer. He said, “Contentment is the product of a heart resting in God. It is the soul’s enjoyment of the peace that passes all understanding. Contentment is the outcome of my will being brought into subjection to the divine will. It is the blessed assurance that God does all things well and is even now making all things work together for my ultimate good. Contentment is only possible as we maintain the attitude of accepting everything that enters our lives as coming from the hand of Him who is too wise to err and too loving to cause one of His children a needless tear. Our final word is this: Real contentment is only possible by being in the presence of the Lord Jesus. Only by cultivating intimacy with the One who was never discontent, only by daily fellowship with Him who always delighted in the Father’s will, will we learn the secret of contentment.”
Paul the apostle had enough reasons to complain about his circumstances: physical abuse, unfriendly audiences, and misunderstandings. However, he chose to “rejoice greatly in the Lord” (Phil. 4:10). His life described the very words he wrote to the Philippians: “Whatever things are true, … noble, … just, … pure, … lovely, … of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy – meditate on these things” (Phil. 4:8). Like Paul, do not be content to settle for less than God’s best. And that “best” includes contentment found only in Him!